I wish that I had a different sort of thought process. I wish I could just focus on what’s going on in the here and now. Instead, I’m pretty much always thinking about what’s to come and how what’s going on right now is going to affect the future. This makes it nearly impossible to completely enjoy things because I’m never fully in a moment. I’ve tried to get better at this, but still I find myself thinking “what if” an awful lot. Christmas time is especially like this for me.
Without a doubt, I think it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Everybody is kind and generous. People talk to family members that they ignore the rest of the year and even tolerate the ones that they especially don’t like. Everywhere you go, people are humming Christmas carols or whistling happy little tunes. Entire cities pull together to help out people in need in their communities. Clothing drives and toy collections pop up everywhere. Everybody wants to “adopt a family” and bless them with all kinds of gifts. It’s amazing.
And while part of me really enjoys watching the whole goodwill toward men and all that, the other part wonders – What if everyday was like Christmas?
How different would our world look if we all walked around happy and humming every single day? What if when we saw someone in need, we rallied our friends together to lend a helping hand? What if we lived generously all year long instead of waiting until December? How would our communities be changed if we looked out for one another twelve months a year. And how might our families be transformed if we could overlook, and even learn to accept, all of our brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers/other-various-super-annoying-family-members? (Hey, I’m not saying it would be easy…trust me!) What if we all donated, served, helped and loved everyday like we do at Christmas? Can you even begin to imagine it?
So, while I am really enjoying this whole Christmas spirit thing, I’m already praying that it doesn’t end tomorrow. I’m wondering what if. What if everyday was like Christmas? And I think to myself…what a wonderful world it would be.